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Transferring woodcuts onto pottery – via screenprint

I work in a lot of different media, and am always looking for ways to cross the different mediums. One dream I have is printing woodcuts onto ceramic. After some research, I learned that the woodcut process does not work well with ceramic materials, but screenprinting does.

Using a technique that i learned while studying in Oaxaca, Mexico, I copied a few of my favorite woodcut designs onto a screen

then printed the designs onto rice paper using ceramic underglaze as the ‘ink’

then, i transferred the underglaze onto unfired clay…in a technique similar to old fashioned temporary tattoos

a plate, decorated with my woodcut designs!
a mug, decorated and ready to fire!
…and a pig on a mug…keep watching to see how they look ofter the firing!

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